Lucky at home

My dear friend Luke humoured me today, taking me to the park to fly my kite. I wasn’t able to fly it at Baxter because I didn’t want to get arrested, so I flew it in the comfort of my own local park. It didn’t work very well and I sprained my ankle, but it…

Baxter Day 5

Arriving home was wonderful, but very unfair. We got to come home. The innocent remain in prison. I passed on the invitation to go to the pub and jumped in a cab. When I arrived home I called my loved ones including my friend Luke who insisted I send him updates over the weekend as…

Baxter Day 4

On the final day I wandered down to the Centre for the final hurrah. On the way there, I watched as police charged on a group of protesters who were holding up a banner high in the sky with a big bunch of red balloons. The clash resulted in police popping balloons and destroying kites….

Baxter Day 3

It was a long day on Friday. Didn’t have enough energy or enough daylight to write. When we arrived at Port August we made contact with the Perth bus. I was texting Tonja from Perth back and forth until we established Brisbane would meet Perth at the West Road Block on Old Whyalla Road. Upon…

Baxter Day 2

Almost at Port Augusta. Most people are sleeping. It’s an easy thing to do on a bus. Helen, who is documenting the trip for The Greens, hasn’t filmed any of the journey yet. We’re not really allowed to stand up and move around at all. Plus someone always seems to be sleeping. We heard on…

Baxter Day 1

I wrote this on the bus to Baxter: Journey begins… I couldn’t fit the marquee in the car to bring along. This will be sorely missed. Shade will be scarce in the desert. That Baxter Immigration Detention Centre is located in the desert is very telling. It makes a clear statement that these people are…

An activist’s birthday

Being that today is my birthday I tried my hardest to find something else to do besides go to the RAC video screening of Woomera 2002. However, with my family all busy, with my friends all waiting until Friday to hang out with me and without any hot dates, attending an activist function was the…

Baxter 05 Planning Meeting

Went to a Baxter 05 planning meeting tonight held by Refugee Action Collective. Got through a lot of business as per usual. A very efficient bunch. It’s just so good to be part of that. The general population (for whatever reason) often view political activists as a disorganised bunch of crazy folk thinking up half-baked…

Tales From a Suitcase

Tonight I attended a screening at the Metro of an SBS documentary ‘Tales From a Suitcase’. The evening was put on by Refugee Action Collective to raise money for the Baxter 05 convergence in March. We watched three of the seven episodes and, my oh my, they were so educational. I highly recommend finding a…

International Women’s Day Rally and March

Hello hello hello. Today I marched in solidarity with Queensland women to speak out against injustices women experience in the local community and the world at large. After some speeches at King George Square, the march weaved its way through Brisbane’s City streets with chants aplenty; my favourite being “Get your rosaries off our ovaries!”…